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PSP Hacks by C.K. Sample III

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Watch UMD Movies

Cut down on the glare without ruining the sharpness of the screen, navigate through your movie with ease, and keep track of where you were in SpiderMan 2 before you took that break to play Metal Gear Ac!d .

Watching UMD movies on your PSP is very similar to watching DVDs on your home system in a lot of ways. However, there are drastic differences that make the experience a little more akin to watching a DVD on your laptop. Even this comparison falls short because you can take the PSP with you anywhere. Portability makes the pauseability of the PSP as a movie-watching medium more important than in other movie-viewing situations. Just as in “Quit a Game Quickly” [Hack #1] , Sony did a good job of accounting for the on-the-go nature of PSP movie watching. You can simply put the PSP to sleep at any moment, and continue watching later with a few clicks of the X button.

This hack will cover the basics and some tips and tricks for making the most out of viewing UMD Movies.

Setting up and Starting the Movie

When you first insert a UMD Movie into the PSP, you simply have to navigate to Video → UMD in the PSP’s main interface. Keep the UMD icon selected for a moment, and the background of the PSP will change into a graphic for the movie, and a small preview window featuring a repeated video clip from the movie, most likely with some accompanying music, will replace the generic UMD icon. See Figure 3-1.

Figure 3-1. When you select the UMD icon for Hero, the background on the ...

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